The Impulse Model Repatriation

The Impulse NGO Network recognises that reintegration of survivors into society is critical. While most crimes against women and children are committed away from their homes, repatriation has to happen in a manner and time that ensures they are not returning to a cycle of violence and further victimisation.

The Impulse Model recognises that human trafficking is often the result of bad socio-economic conditions leading to unsafe migration. So after the rescue of victims, repatriation to the place of their origin could well lead to the recurrence of crimes against them, unless proper investigation and precautions are taken.

To prevent a return to a cycle of violence or crimes that led to unsafe migration or trafficking in the first place, a Home Investigation Report (HIR) is a pre-requisite before the repatriation of every survivor of human trafficking.

INGON undertakes to do the Home Investigation Report, with the help of its State partner organisations, Anti Human-Trafficking Units, or qualified social workers. Only after this report is satisfactorily submitted, is the process of repatriating initiated.

Custody of survivors will be passed via a letter of consent, if it is deemed safe for them to return to their family. If the survivor is not able to return to their family, INGON collaborates with the Social Welfare Department to arrange long-term accommodation for them; also offering the survivor training, education or employment, depending on the person’s age and personal interests.

In the case of international repatriation, restoration procedure varies depending on the victim’s country of origin.